What are the benefits of pranayama?

  • If one controls the breath or Prana, the mind also is controlled. He who has controlled his mind has also controlled his breath.
  • If one is suspended, the other is also suspended. If the mind and Prana are both controlled one gets liberation from the round of births and deaths and attains immortality.
  • If one controls the seminal energy, the mind and Prana are also controlled. He who has controlled his seminal energy has also controlled his Prana and mind.
  • He who practises Pranayama will have good appetite, cheerfulness, handsome figure, good strength, courage, and enthusiasm, a high standard of health, vigour and vitality and good concentration of mind.
  • Pranayama is quite suitable for the Westerners also.
  • A Yogi measures the span of his life not by the number of years but by the number of his breaths.
  • You can take in a certain amount of energy or Prana from the atmospheric air along with each breath.
  • Vital capacity is the capacity shown by the largest quantity of air a man can inhale after the deepest possible exhalation.
  • A human takes fifteen breaths in a minute. The total number of breaths comes to 21,600 times per day.

What are the nine basic steps to adopt yoga?

#1: Choose a convenient time: Practicing yoga in the morning is generally considered to be the best as it keeps energy levels high during the day. Yet, if it doesn’t happen, don’t let it be an excuse to skip your practice. You may choose a time slot which seems most convenient. It could be late mornings, before lunch, or evenings. Yoga at these times can also be a good way to refresh the mind and release stress collected during the day.

#2: Choose a comfortable place: It would be best to have a small, private room in your house for daily yoga practice. Over time, your practices will create positive vibrations in the room, providing healing, strength and comfort to you and others at home. However, in case it is not possible, you may choose a quiet space anywhere at home, which is large enough to roll out your yoga mat and where you know you are not likely to be disturbed for a while. All you need to ensure is that your yoga space is clean, well-ventilated, and away from furniture or sharp objects.

#3: Practice on a relatively empty stomach: Yoga postures are always best practiced on a light or empty stomach. You can practice yoga poses and meditate about 2-3 hours after your meal.

#4: Keep your yoga wear simple: Go for loose, comfortable clothing – you wouldn’t want tight body-hugging outfits coming in the way of doing some wide stretches! Also, keep aside any excessive jewelry that you are wearing and avoid heavy makeup.

#5: Warm up before doing intense yoga postures :This is an absolute must; else you may be at risk of straining your muscles. Start by warming up your body and do a few body stretches to bring flexibility, before moving on to more intense yoga postures.

#6: It is your own body; be gentle on it: Respect your body and do yoga poses gently with a smile. Doing them increasingly fast or going beyond what your body can take will not bring faster results. It will only make the practice more difficult and painful.

#7: Be consistent: It is very important to be regular with your yoga practice – make it a part of your daily schedule (as mentioned above, find a time slot where you can comfortably fit yoga in) and then it would be easier to make it a habit.

#8: Make yoga time as ‘family fun time’: When you practice alone, it might get boring after a while or you may simply become lazy. Try doing it with family or friends and see the difference! Yoga can be a great way for a family get-together. Learn more about how you can enrich your family time with yoga.

#9: Include a variety of yoga techniques Practice a variety of yoga poses and breathing techniques, or if you are crunched for time, you may fix a set of practices to be done daily and then treat your body with the complete package on a Sunday!

Ayurvedic tips to protect our eyes

Vitamin A is extremely beneficial and effective in protecting the eyes. Vitamin A is available in the form of capsules and tablets at chemist shop but natural production of this vitamin in the body has a long-term advantage. Consumption of vegetables like cabbage, carrot, radish, myrobalan, green peas, coriander, soybean, green leafy vegetables, fruits like ripe tomatoes, papaya, banana, dates, oranges, ripe mango, milk, butter, cream, etc. are a natural source of vitamin A. Ripe yellow fruits and green vegetables are rich sources of Carotene, which produces vitamin A in the body and improves eyesight.

Walk on wet grass in the morning and watch the greenery around. Massage the soles with pure clarified butter to improve eyesight.

Also apply mehndi on the feet soles during the summer season.

Three main types of pink eye (Conjunctivitis) are there such as bacterial conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis and viral conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis occurs due to staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria, allergic conjunctivitis is caused by allergens like dust or smoke while viral conjunctivitis is led by a virus. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis spread quickly from one person to another by contact with a contaminated surface/item or through exposure to infected persons, particularly if strict rules of hygiene are not observed.

Symptoms of Pink Eye in Children and Adults:

  • Excessive tears
  • Redness, itchiness and swelling of the eye
  • Constant pain in the eye
  • Crust is formed near the infected eye
  • Intolerance to bright light
  • A clear white discharge (viral infection or allergy)
  • Yellowish and greenish discharge from the eye (due to bacterial infection)

Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis
Ice pack
Ice pack is very effective home remedy to decrease the swelling, itching and redness. This remedy doesn’t treat the infection. Just soak a clean cloth in cold water and remove excess water. Then, put the wet cloth on your eyes. Continue to take ice pack by changing the cloth and water.

Honey and milk
Take honey and warm milk in equal quantity and mix them. Use this mixture to wash your eyes by using an eye cup or a cotton ball. You can also use this mixture as an eye drop or compress. Just drip a few drops of this mixture in your eyes for using it as eye drop or put cloth or cotton pad on your eyes after soaking in the mixture to make a compress.

Take handful of freshly dried coriander and boil them in water. Strain the liquid with strainer and let it to cool. Wash the infected eye with this mixture or use it as a compress. This remedy helps to relieve burning as well as decrease the pain & swelling.

Hot Compress
Hot compress by using different oils such as rose, lavender or chamomile. Put few drops of oil on a warm cloth and put it over the eyes till the cloth cools. Apply it for 5-10 mins for 3-4 times a day. Hot compress relieves the discomfort as well as removes the infection from the eyes.

Fennel seeds
Boil some fennel seeds and let the water to cool. After that, strain the liquid and use that water to wash the infected eye twice a day. This will decrease pain, redness and inflammation.

Apple cider vinegar
Mix 1 Tbsp pure apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Use this mixture to wash your eyes by using a cotton ball. Use apple cider vinegar which contains "mother". "Mother" is malic acid which fights against bacterial infections.

Honey: You can use honey in 2 ways. First, drop honey into infected eye as an eye drop. Second, use it as eyewash by mixing 3 Tbsp honey with 2 cups of boiling water. Use the mixture after it cools.

Potato: Take a raw potato slice and put it on the affected eye. Use this remedy for three consecutive nights.

Turmeric: Combine 2 tsp turmeric powder and 1 cup boiled water. After that, use this mixture as a hot compress on the affected eye.

Calendula :
Boil 2 tsp calendula flower petals in 1 cup water and let the mixture to cool. Use this mixture as eyewash. You can also use this mixture as a hot compress, just soak a washcloth or cotton balls in it while it is warm and apply.

Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera juice can be used as eyewash and as a compress. For compress, dip a cloth or cotton balls in the juice and put over the affected eye. For eyewash, combine ½ tsp juice in a cup of cooled, boiled water. You can add ½ tsp boric acid as a preservative.

Indian Gooseberry:
Mix the 1 cup Indian gooseberry juice with 2 tsp honey and drink this mixture 2 times a day.

Vegetable Juices: The juice of vegetables is very helpful in conjunctivitis. Mix 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml carrot juice to make spinach and carrot juice. To make parsley and carrot juice, combine 200 ml raw parsley (prajmoda) juice with 300 ml carrot juice.

Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is among the useful home remedies for conjunctivitis. Just take few drops of lemon juice in your palm and apply it outside of the affected area (white area) with the help of clean finger. Lemon juice will give stinging sensation for 5 mins but it helps to ooze out pus.

Take some salt and add it to boiling water. Dip cotton ball in the mixture and put it on the affected area. The salted solution is among the easiest yet one of the most helpful remedies for conjunctivitis.

Yogurt is one of the beneficial home remedies for conjunctivitis. Just apply some poultice yogurt over the affected area of the eye.

Other Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis:

  • You can use rose water as an eye drop.
  • Elderberry blossom tea can be used as eyewash.
  • Use boric acid or warm milk as a hot compress or eyewash.
  • Put 2 teabags of chamomile (moist) over the affected eye for 10 minute.
  • You can also use marigold and chamomile compress to treat conjunctivitis.
  • Lactating mothers can use breast milk over the affected area of the infants.
  • To treat conjunctivitis, just put a cold bread slice over the infected eye.

What is the colour therapy?

  • Red
    • Red is thought to be linked to the base chakra and the spine, hips and legs.
    • Red stimulate and boost physical energy, strengthens willpower, increase circulation, clear congestion and is linked with sexuality.
    • Too much red may over stimulate and possibly promote anger or aggressiveness.
  • Orange
    • Orange is thought to encourage joy, socializing and optimism, which is why it's considered useful for depression or sadness.
    •  Orange is associated with the sacral chakra and it's believed to benefit the kidneys, urinary tract and the reproductive organs.
    •  Too much orange is thought to lead to tiredness, pessimism and confusion.
  • Yellow
    • Yellow is associated with the solar plexus chakra. An imbalance in the solar plexus chakra is thought to promote fear, apprehension, and confusion, lack of determination, introversion or power issues, which this color is believed to balance.
    • Yellow is associated with the intellect and mental processes and is uplifting. The solar plexus chakra is also thought to influence the digestive system.
    •  Too much yellow is believed to lead to poor concentration and hyperactivity.
  • Green 
    • Green is a colour that's thought to encourage emotional stability, purity and calmness.
    •  It's related to the heart chakra, so it's believed to help with emotional issues, such as love, forgiveness, trust and compassion
    •  An imbalance in the heart chakra is associated with fear of relationships, mistrust, jealousy, isolation and insecurity.
  • Blue
    • Blue is related to the throat chakra and is said to be connected to the throat and lungs. It's thought to enhance verbal expression and communication, artistic expression and willpower.
    • It's a calming colour and is believed to help insomnia, anxiety, throat problems, high blood pressure, migraine and skin irritation.
  • Indigo
    • Indigo is associated with the third eye chakra, located between the eyes, and is related to the eyes and the lower part of the head.
    • It's said to encourage greater intuition and strengthen the lymph system, immune system and help purify and cleanse the body.
  • Purple or Violet
    • Purple, or violet, is associated with the crown chakra, which is at the top of the head.
    •  It's thought to encourage spirituality, intuition, wisdom, mastery and mental strength and focus.
    • Too much purple is thought to promote pride and arrogance.
  • Black
    •  Black is all colours, totally absorbed. The psychological implications of that are considerable.
    • It creates protective barriers, as it absorbs all the energy coming towards you, and it enshrouds the personality.
    •  Positively, it communicates absolute clarity, Sophistication, glamour, security, emotional safety, efficiency, substance. 
    • Negatively it says Oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness.
    •  Black creates a perception of weight and seriousness. 
  • White
    •  White is total reflection. In effect, it reflects the full force of the spectrum into our eyes.
    •  It communicates, "Touch me not!" White is purity and, like black, uncompromising; it is clean, hygienic, and sterile.
    •  Positively, it communicates Hygiene, sterility, clarity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, sophistication, efficiency.

Note: This information should be used for education only and should not be used to diagnose or treat disease. There is no evidence that color therapy can be used to treat, alone or in conjunction with standard therapy, any condition or disease. If you have any symptoms, please see your primary care provider.

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